Interview with Cannupa Hanska

Ceramic and mixed media artist Cannupa Hanska (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara/Lakota) shares with us his process, his whit, his work and his life story. In this interview we get a glimpse into what it means to choose the life of an artist and to 'never stop' creating.

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"My creative process is a song stuck in my head and the only way to get it out is to sing it. I have all of these ideas and I’m waiting to build my skill sets to express them properly. This is why I am a huge fan of craftsmanship and why I truly believe in working through creative blocks. Being in the studio is both leisure and work. Sometimes I feel guilty because I am in the studio so much and working insane hours and I feel like I’m duping everyone. Like I have found such a pure joy in my work that it transcends space and time and I become fused with the art object I am creating. My art represents this moment in time; every time I sit down to create. There is so much to be represented that I can only interpret my version of right now. " -Cannupa Hanska

3 Shrikes and Bear Skull. Ceramic/Mixed Media. Cannupa Hanska 2014 Blue Rain Gallery

3 Shrikes and Bear Skull. Ceramic/Mixed Media. Cannupa Hanska 2014 Blue Rain Gallery

Check out Cannupa's website HERE!